Client Testimonials

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“I am the founder and CEO of Designs for Living, a residential home and remodeling contractor founded in 1989. We have struggled over the years regarding filling our employee needs with qualified employees. They don’t seem to live up to the standard. So we decided we needed help with identifying a quality person to help us do what we were struggling with, finding a quality person to fill our need of office manager. We located Jesse Owens and felt we made the right decision after he explained his approach in the search efforts. He brought us a few qualified prospects and we selected one. A simple vetting took place and we made an offer which was accepted. We look forward to a long association with our new employee. We also have a need , due to DFL growth, for an added associate in our field management department, we are moving forward with Jesse next month on this placement. I strongly recommend Jesse’s firm as your go to firm for employee searches.”
David Goodroe
President/CEO, Designs For Living
“When we needed a Director of Operations for our Benefits Administration firm, we contacted Merle Owens and Associates. Jesse Owens met with me to discuss our business model and our exact needs for this open position, shortly thereafter he had the perfect selection of pre-screened and qualified candidates. We were able to find just the right person to fit our needs.”
Gene Tyler
Managing Partner, InRoll+
“Jesse is always quick to find a solution when we have a staffing need. We’ve relied on Jesse’s expertise for over 15 years now. If there’s ever an issue and we need to change course, they make it right. "
Mark Walton
Controlling Manager, The Walton Group, CPA’s FW
“You cannot choose your family, but you can choose your Search firm. At AmbaFlex, our firm selection was based on their reputation, trust, and confidence that we would receive great results – and we did! Jesse’s experience and professionalism is what separates Merle Owen’s and Associates Executive Search from other search firms. He is committed to finding the best fit for your requirements today, and in the future. Repeat business is evidence of past success and that is why Jesse has served our needs at AmbaFlex on multiple occasions. The in-depth research and level of detail of the process is astounding, informative, and hits the mark each time. AmbaFlex is a very satisfied “repeat” customer. MOES has played an integral role in our company team building and growth for more than twenty years! Thanks Jesse.”
Phil Miller
President, AmbaFlex Inc.
“I would like to highly recommend to you Merle Owens & Associates. We were so privileged to work with their search firm several years ago in obtaining a wonderful development officer. He’s been one of the finest development officers we could ever have and we were so pleased that they found him and shared him with us. I have known Merle for the last 10 years. He is of the highest character and integrity. He is someone whom you can totally trust.”
Dr. Gary R. Cook
President, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
“Working with Precise was a great experience and we got impressive results. Jesse gave us personal attention and took time to understand our unique needs in excruciating detail. They delivered, continued to follow up, and provided us with much-needed guidance on some of our other processes and requests. They run their business with tremendous integrity and a clear commitment to their clients. Some search firms offer fluff–Jesse and Merle are long-time experts and are extremely well-versed with assessing their client’s needs and delivering with strong results.”
Paayal Majahan
Director of Human Resources, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
“As CFO of Jagee Holdings, I worked with Jesse Owens at PRECISE to identify an executive assistant/office manager to work directly with the principals of a family-owned, diversified real estate and investment company. Based on their experience with similar assignments, PRECISE had a quick understanding of the unique needs of the position. Jesse and his team quickly identified several qualified candidates, prescreened them and after our interviews, Jagee had four individuals that fully met our qualifications. PRECISE arranged follow-up interviews and did further reference checking that allowed us to pick a superior candidate. The entire process took less than a month. We have been very pleased with PRECISE’s highly competent and professional service. I have worked with Merle Owens and have known Jesse Owens for several years. They both operate from the highest standards of integrity and can be trusted to offer sound judgment in any circumstances, even if it means passing up a fee. They treat clients and their candidates with respect and integrity.”
Reece Pettigrew
Chief Financial Officer, Jagee Holdings, Fort Worth, TX
"We are very pleased with the work Jesse Owens has done and could not be happier with the professionalism, expertise and service he continues to provide us. We are elated to give Merle Owens and Associates our highest recommendation and I consider them a partner in helping us staff the ATA team."
Tony J. Comparin
Managing Partner, Alliance Tax Advisors
"Why do I use Jesse Owens and Precise Staffing for our recruiting needs? Because Jesse makes sure he understands the technical skills required for each position and he took the time to learn about our company culture. Jesse then personally pre-qualifies a candidate before sending his interview notes and the candidate’s resume to me for consideration. This saves me an enormous amount of time and is the service and attention I want when engaging a recruiter and recruiting agency. There are hundreds of recruiting agencies that promise to weed out the masses and send only qualified candidates but there are few that honor such a promise – Jesse does what he promises."
Michelle Weber
Executive Vice President, Zena Land Development LP
"Jesse has been not only a business associate, but someone I look to for advice and counsel as a mentor. His organization is thorough in their research, provide detailed portfolios on carefully selected candidates while constantly striving to provide top notch customer service."
Leslie Scott
Director Human Resources, N.American Operations Mother Parker’s Tea and Coffee
"Jesse was hired by my company to fill my position and he was wonderful! He worked well with the President of the company, and he worked diligently with me, the job seeker. I love my job, and I have Jesse to thank for helping me to find it! If you need an executive recruiter to fill a position for your company, or if you are an executive looking for that perfect position, then give Jesse an opportunity. You will be glad that you did."
Tammy L. Thompson
Manager of Payroll, at PeaceHealth Vancouver, Washington
"Jesse is a man of integrity. He interviews the candidate and gives you a concise write-up of the interview. He recommends only the top applicants for the job."
Tom Nelson
CFO, at Petro-Hunt LLC
"When it comes to finding key people for your organization, Jesse is your man. I have had the pleasure of working with Jesse over the past 3 years and would highly recommend Merle Owens and Associates. Jesse is very competent in the professional search arena, and understands what it means to be a business partner. When you meet Jesse, you will feel his passion about helping people, and know that he will be a great asset for your team."
Bruce W. Waller, CRP, PHR, SHRM-CP
VP, Corporate Relocation Armstrong Relocation and Companies
"We have had a long standing relationship with Jesse and Merle Owens Executive Search. He has always delivered high quality candidates and takes great pride in his work."
Paula Holcomb, GPHR
Senior Vice President, HR and Training, EECU
“Jesse is diligent about spending the time to understand his client’s expectations for the roles he is recruiting for. Our business is critical and having the right fit is crucial to avoid disruption. He recruited and hired two of the best executives I have ever worked with! I appreciate his careful and thoughtful process. I trust Jesse to deliver and feel fortunate to work with him”.
Janice F. Whaley, MPH, CPTC, CTBS


Discover the Merle Owens Fit-Plus


What makes the difference between a satisfactory match and an excellent fit? While a good search firm should be able to align requirements to an individual’s qualifications, Merle Owens goes much farther. We explore the cultural distinctions of your organization – the personality of your company – and look for individuals who share the same attributes. They can quickly become part of the family:  Hard-working, capable, and fully able to meet expectations of the position…but also imparting the same values and readily fitting in. Our clients have used the word “uncanny” in our ability to secure a powerful fit. We call it the Fit-Plus. 

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